Lactarius torminosus

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Lactarius torminosus

22 October 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Common Name

Woolly Milk Cap

Cap

Convex, then depressed or funnel shaped, margin decorated with coarse hairs, pinkish, to about 12 cm across

Gills

Adnate to decurrent, broad, crowded, pale pinkish

Stem

Smooth, cylindrical, pinkish, becoming hollow

Flesh

Firm, whitish, exuding a sparse white milk on cutting

Smell

Variously described as being like rhubarb or turpentine

Taste

Hot

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Common

Habitat

In deciduous woodland, always with birch

Spore Print

Pale cream

Microscopic Features

Spores ellipsoidal, with warts and ridges (7.5-9.5) x (5.5-9) µm2

Edibility

Poisonous

Notes

This fungus could be confused with the very rare Lactarius mairei, which occurs with Oak, Lactarius pubescens, which is white, and Lactarius torminosulus which occurs with dwarf Birch.

Additional Photographs

Lactarius torminosus

22 October 2007 Hampshire. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin